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Jones, Davis lead O's big breakout vs. Yanks

May 31, 2017

BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones homered and drove in five runs, Chris Davis added a two-run shot and plated three and the Orioles' struggling bats broke out in a big way on Wednesday night for a 10-4 victory over the Yankees at Camden Yards.The win, Baltimore's fifth in its last 19

BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones homered and drove in five runs, Chris Davis added a two-run shot and plated three and the Orioles' struggling bats broke out in a big way on Wednesday night for a 10-4 victory over the Yankees at Camden Yards.
The win, Baltimore's fifth in its last 19 games, dropped first-place New York to 13-12 on the road this season as the Orioles' lineup supported a solid effort by starter Kevin Gausman. The Yankees have lost 11 straight series in Baltimore.
"We feed off the energy of the starting pitcher, and Gausman went out there and worked his tail off," Jones said. "I know he wanted to go out there and go longer, but we appreciate his efforts, and he kept us in the game, and we were able to go out there and put some runs up against [Yankees starter Masahiro] Tanaka."

The O's sent eight men to the plate in a four-run third inning, with both Jones and Davis driving in runs -- along with Mark Trumbo (two-run double) -- to give Baltimore an early lead. Tanaka allowed Jones' three-run shot an inning later.
The Yankees' ace was charged with seven earned runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, and he has allowed 22 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings over his last four starts (11.20 ERA).
• Tanaka takes step backward
"It's tough, obviously," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "The games that I've been pitching, we've been losing. It's tough. I've just got to keep on fighting."

Gausman went 5 1/3 innings and was able to escape several jams, as New York finished 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, stranding 11. Coming off his first back-to-back quality starts all season, the right-hander allowed eight hits and five walks but only surrendered three runs (two earned).
"One thing I was just trying to do was make quality pitches, and [I] kind of put myself in some tough situations and had to pitch out of it," Gausman said. "But luckily I did, and my defense made some great plays for me."

Welcome back: Returning to the lineup for the first time since Friday, Jones immediately made his presence felt. He got the scoring started with a well-struck RBI double off Tanaka in the third, and he hit his ninth homer of the year in the fourth. The O's center fielder, who had been dealing with hip and ankle issues, was a catalyst for the rest of the lineup.

"I think sometimes I do inject some energy in the guys, just the way I play and the style," Jones said. "I've been out some days, but I came back and the guys just fed off the energy." More >
One step too many:Aaron Judge's first reaction was to come in on Trumbo's third-inning line drive, and despite a last-second leap, the 6-foot-7 right fielder was unable to corral the slugger's sizzling laser. Statcast™ had the ball at 105.8 mph off Trumbo's bat, and what could have been the third out of the inning instead landed for a two-run double.

"I've got to make that play in that situation," Judge said. "Tanaka is out there battling in a tough situation. I took a couple of steps in. I've got to know that the guy that hit 40-something home runs last year is going to really impact the baseball. I just didn't make the play."
Davis' two-run blast in the seventh inning put him in sole possession of seventh place on the Orioles' all-time home run list, with 210. He passed Brady Anderson.

Yankees:Carsten Sabathia (5-2, 4.42 ERA) will be on the mound Thursday as the Yankees open a four-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre at 7:07 p.m. ET. Sabathia has won three straight starts, permitting a total of four runs (three earned) in 18 innings.
Orioles: Baltimore will remain home and take on Boston for a four-game series that starts Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Wade Miley, who is 1-3 with a 3.02 ERA, will get the ball opposite Red Sox lefty -- and former O's farmhand -- Eduardo Rodriguez.
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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.